Kochi is a city of various colours. Known from ancient times as the landing port for the Portuguese, Dutch and English traders, it is also called the Queen of the
Arabian Sea. Till today, the city plays an important role in the Indian economy as the spice trading center on the west coast. Kochi is also rated in the top three
tourist destinations within the state.
Best time to visit Kochi
The best time to visit Kochi is from October to March. The temperature ranges from 17 to 33 degree Celsius making the weather pleasant for an outdoor trip.
Hotels in Kochi
Kochi has a number of hotels which boast of providing a comfortable stay. In the premium category, city has opulent hotels like the Trident, Xandari Harbour, The
Gateway hotel, Vivanta by Taj, Holiday Inn, Crowne plaza, Courtyard by Marriott and Radisson Blu.
Other hotels include Ramada Hotel, Flora Airport Hotel
, Namasthe Fort Kochi and Cherai Beach Resort
. There are several budget hotels too like Aishwarya Hotel, The International Hotel, Gokulam Park and Hotel Excellency.
Restaurants in Kochi
Kochi restaurants give you a mix of North Indian and South Indian menu. However, one may find other delicacies like Chinese, Japanese, Italian and European. Kochi is also well-known for seafood.
If you are particularly fond of Indian and seafood, go to Cassava located at Hotel Marriott. Trilogi at Crown Plaza offers delicious seafood and is particularly known for its vegetarian menu. If you are fond of music and Italian food, Upstairs Italian Restaurant, which is located opposite Santa Cruz Basilica, may prove to be the right place.
Old Harbour Hotel Restaurant is also available for Indian, seafood and Asian menu. Kochi being a small city compared to the metros has also got cheap eateries serving quality food at affordable rates. Some of these include Mary’s Kitchen, Tibetan Chefs Restaurant and Sutra.
Offbeat things to do in Kochi
• Adventure at Wonderla Amusement Park:
The park is full of adventure sports and swings that give you an adrenalin rush. A day in the park would rejuvenate your senses.
• Visit Jewish Town and Bazaar Road:
A visit to the Jewish Town, located in the bustling port area, will enchant all your senses.
• An evening at the Kathakali Center:
Visit the Kerala Kathakali Center of Kochi. It organizes evening dance shows for tourists at affordable rates.
• Ferry ride from Fort Kochi:
An exciting way to tour around Kochi can be done at Rs 4 per ticket for 30-40 minutes.
Q. What are the Domestic and International airlines that operate on the Mumbai to Kochi route?
Air India, Go Air, Go Air Business, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Vistara
are the airlines plying on this route.
Q. How is the Kochi Airport connected to the city?
Cochin International Airport is located in Nedumbassery. It will soon be connected via the upcoming Kochi Metro in its second phase of development. Currently, one can hire a taxi or travel in their private vehicles along with their friends and family to the airport.
Q. What is the earliest non-stop flight from Mumbai to Kochi?
The first non-stop flight from Mumbai to Kochi is provided by Air India at 5:30 am.
Q. What is the last non-stop flight from Mumbai to Kochi?
The last non-stop flight from Mumbai to Kochi is provided by IndiGo at 6:50 pm.
Q. What are the airlines that offer non-stop flights between Mumbai to Kochi?
Air India, Jet Airways
, SpiceJet, GoAir Business, GoAir and IndiGo
offer non-stop flights between Mumbai and Kochi.
Q. What are the hotels in the vicinity of Kochi Airport?
The most popular and visited hotels near the airport are Flora Airport Hotel, Courtyard by Marriot Hotel, Quality Airport and Hotel Airlink Castle.
Shopping in Kochi
While the city boasts of plush shopping centers like the Spencer, Express Avenue, The Grand Mall, it also has several local bazaars and markets.
Nightlife in Kochi
Kochi offers many fine and exotic places for diners and party animals. Kochi houses a number of pubs Hotel Geo Bar and Restaurant, Hotel Seagull, Aruna Bar and Ocean King Bar. The city is also known for its club culture and houses some of the prominent clubs like CIAL Golf and Country club, Lotus club, Merchant Navy Club etc.
Major attractions in Kochi
Marine Drive, Chottanikkara Temple, Cherrai Beach
, Fort Kochi Beach, Lulu Mall, Indian Naval Maritime Museum, St. George Ferona Church and Jewish Town etc. are some of famous places to visit in Kochi.
About Mumbai Airport
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Both terminals share the same runways and air facilities but are 5 km far from one from other. The only option to go from one terminal to the other is taxi or the fixed rate Inter-Terminal transportation service.
Connectivity to Mumbai Airport
Taxi is the most convenient option from the airport. Rickshaws and auto rickshaws are readily available outside the domestic terminal, and operate only in the suburbs. Government bus service run by BEST is also available from both domestic and international terminals. The closest stations to the domestic and the international terminals are Vile Parle East and Andheri East, respectively.
Q. What are the popular domestic routes from Mumbai?
Being an economic hub in the South west, it is connected to almost all state capitals. Mumbai to Delhi, Mumbai to Kolkata, Mumbai to Chandigarh, Mumbai to Bangalore, Mumbai to Chennai, Mumbai to Patna and Mumbai to Guwahati.
Q. What are the popular airlines flying from Mumbai Airport?
Mumbai is on the radar of several prime airliners including the domestic and international carriers. Prime domestic carriers include Air India
, Jet Airways, SpiceJet
, IndiGo, Vistara and Go Air
Q. What are the prominent hotels near Mumbai Airport?
Hotel Beacon T2, Hotel Airlink (https://www.yatra.com/hotels/hotels-in-mumbai/hotel-airlink
), Hotel Kohinoor Elite, Hotel Bawa, Luxury Hotels and Orchid Mumbai
are some of the prominent hotels located nearby Mumbai Airport.
Q. What are the key attractions in Mumbai?
Marine Drive, Essel Water Kingdom, Fashion Street, Haji Ali Dargah (https://www.yatra.com/india-tourism/attractions-in-mumbai/haji-ali-dargah
), and Gateway of India are major attraction in Mumbai.
Q. What is the best time to visit Mumbai?
The best time to visit Mumbai is during winter months i.e. between October and February.